My wife forwarded me an email earlier today that she received from United giving her the opportunity to earn up to an 80% bonus for miles purchased into her Mileage Plus account. Good news indeed! It’s one of the best offers that I think I’ve ever seen from UA. Her offer was interesting because everywhere else I look, I only saw a 75% bonus maximum. She backed up the truck and bought her full allotment for 2017.
When I logged into my account to purchase miles, I was offered a 75% discount for the same promo so it may be that your mileage bonus may vary based on your status level or length of MileagePlus membership.
Regardless, when an opportunity comes along that offers more than a 50% bonus to buy miles for MileagePlus, it’s usually a fairly good value considering the redemption opportunities that exist for Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels, and Austrian.
According to the fine print, it looks like this promo is in place until April 20, 2017.
United has made their first ‘Mileage Sale’ a decent one for 2017. Mileage Plus members can earn between 25% and 75% in bonus miles with their purchase, depending on the amount of miles purchased. The sale runs through January 23.
Here is the breakdown:
If you buy between 10,000 and 14,000 miles you’ll earn a 25% bonus of additional miles (equating about 2.8 cents per mile).
If you buy between 15,000 and 29,000 miles you’ll earn a 50% bonus of additional miles (equating about 2.3 cents per mile).
If you buy between 30,000 and 85,000 miles you’ll earn a 75% bonus of additional miles (equating about 2 cents per mile).
Remember that you can buy 150,000 miles a year (including the free bonus amount), and that ‘clock’ has reset to zero for everyone so you can back the truck up and load up 150k miles once again this year.
And of course you know that the best place to use these miles is for those First and Business Class Seats on Lufthansa, SWISS, Brussels Airlines, and Austrian!
When you first bring up the Mileage Plus purchase screen, you’ll see an offer for only 50%, but when you log in you should see the 75% offer available.
UPDATE: Some of you have shared that you are being limited only to 50% bonus for purchases. This may be as a result of United targeting certain members for a 50% or 75% bonus. Here is an image from my own transaction, showing that I would receive a 75% bonus:
United once again is trying to incent us to buy miles and it’s hard to resist if you still have room to by miles this year.
The latest sale offers a bonus of up to 75% and the deal is in place until October 31. In order to get the 75% bonus, you need to buy at least 30,000 miles. Buying 30,000 miles will get you a bonus of 22,500 miles for a total of 52,500 miles and will cost about $1100 including taxes. That amounts to 2.09 cents per mile (CPM), which makes for an attractive proposition, especially if you are short a handful of miles for premium award travel redemptions.
If you buy between 5,000 and 14,000 miles, you’ll get a bonus of 25%, if you buy between 15,000 and 29,000 miles you’ll get a 50% bonus. You can buy a maximum of 85,000 miles which will give you a bonus of 63,750 miles for a total of 148,750 miles.
From my observations lately, it’s been a bit easier to find Lufthansa First and Business Class inventory and even Austrian and SWISS Business class awards. This may actually be a good time to take advantage of a deal like this.
United has launched a 4 day mile sale within Mileage Plus. The deal is pretty good if you need to top off your accounts and you missed the last sale a few weeks ago.
Like with other sales, the more miles you buy, the better the bonus:
Buy 5,000 miles or more, get a 20% bonus (5,000 + 1,000 = 6,000 miles for $175.00)
Buy 15,000 miles or more, get a 40% bonus (15,000 + 6,000 = 21,000 miles for $525.00)
Buy 30,000 miles or more, get a 67% bonus (30,000 + 20,100 = 50,100 miles for $1050.00)
Keep in mind that you are limited to purchasing 150,000 miles per account per year.
Over the past few weeks, United has been selling miles for their Mileage Plus program which has been giving buyers the opportunity to receive a 100% bonus on the miles they purchase. This sale ends on August 15, so there are still a few days left to top up your mileage balances so you can redeem for those Lufthansa First Class tickets that have been relatively easy to find.
From what I gather, there may be one catch in order to be eligible for the offer and that is you need to be a United MileagePlus credit card holder. However I don’t know how tightly that will be enforced. Once you go to the Mileage Purchase page and log in, you’ll see if you are eligible for the bonus mile offer.
The sale is structured so that the more miles that are purchased, the higher bonus. It’s broken down as follows:
Buying between 5,000 and 14,000 miles will earn a 25% bonus.
Buying between 15,000 and 29,000 miles will earn a 60% bonus.
Buying between 30,000 and 75,000 miles will earn a 100% bonus.
Mileage Plus members can buy up to 150,000 miles annually for their account, including the bonus miles that are awarded at purchase.
Additionally, anyone who purchases miles during this promo will be entered into a drawing that will award winners additional miles. 1st Place will get 250,000 miles, 2nd Place will get 10000 miles, and 3 3rd Place winners will get 50,000 miles each.